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Study argues dietary fat intake guidelines should be reviewed

A recent review of the guideline advice for recommended fat intake set out in the 1980’s lacked sufficient evidence to make such claims1.

This meta-analysis, published in Open Heart, looked at the randomised controlled trials published before the guidelines were introduced and concluded that the evidence provided was not strong enough to support the recommendations made. The 1980 guidelines were based on the effect that saturated fats were thought to have on the risk of coronary heart disease. The current dietary recommendation is that no more than 30% of overall energy intake should come from total fat consumption and no more than 10% of energy intake should come from saturated fats. The researchers concluded that these guidelines should be revised.

The IFBB believes that it is important to focus on the types of fat consumed within the diet. The brain requires fat to develop properly and much evidence has suggested that having the correct balance of polyunsaturated fats can lead to improved brain function.

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